Firm vis-à-vis China, optimistic about Covid-19 but mysterious about his intentions in 2024: President Joe Biden multiplied his shocking statements during an interview published this Sunday, September 18, 2022, less than two month of the midterm elections.
During a very rare interview, given to the chain SCSthe Democratic leader has for the first time made it known that he has not decided whether to run for the 2024 US presidential election.
“Is it a final decision that I will represent myself? That remains to be seen.” he declared, while affirming that this was for the moment his ” intention “.
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Towards a new Biden-Trump duel?
Since his election in November 2020, the president has however projected himself on many occasions into the 2024 election, indicating that he would again choose his current vice-president, Kamala Harris, to be his running mate.
All while his predecessor Donald Trump ostensibly flirts with the idea of running for a new term.
The oldest president ever elected in the United States, Joe Biden will celebrate his 80th birthday on November 20. He should have been 82 at the start of a possible second term, and 86 at the end, a subject that has long been taboo in his camp.
During his interview, the tenant of the White House wanted to respond to those who doubt the ability of the almost octogenarian to govern: ” Look at me “, he launched with a smile.
Joe Biden considers the Covid-19 pandemic “over” in the United States
Fifty days before perilous mid-term elections, during which the president could lose control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Joe Biden wanted to paint a very flattering portrait of the world’s leading economic power.
By decreeing in particular that the pandemic was ” ended “ in the USA.
“If you look around, no one is wearing a mask, and everyone looks pretty good,” he assured.
After the major spring 2021 vaccination campaign, the American president had already claimed that America had “took over” on Covid-19. But the wave of contamination from the Omicron variant had forced the Democratic leader to relaunch the battle against the virus.
On the inflation front, the main angle of attack for the Republican opposition, Joe Biden again wanted to be confident.
“We will bring inflation under control,” he promised, brushing aside the disappointing statistics on consumer prices, published earlier this week.
Farm on Russia and Taiwan
Another highlight of this interview broadcast on Sunday: the President of the United States threw a stone into the pond by reaffirming that American troops would defend Taiwan if the island were to be invaded by China, a statement that should provoke fury of Beijing.
The 46th President of the United States has also replaced his warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the use of chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine, at a time when the Ukrainian army is leading a major counter-offensive in the pay.
“It would change the course of the war in a way not seen since World War II,” he warned, promising an answer “consequent” of the United States if this step were to be taken.